St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that exists to promote the ministry of the Norbertine Fathers, Canons Regular of Prémontré, located in Orange County, California. The Foundation raises funds for the promotion of the fathers' ministry, including St. Michael’s Preparatory School and the St. Michael’s Abbey seminary. It also accepts bequests and trusts on behalf of the abbey and manages endowment funds. The tax ID number (EIN) for the St. Michael's Abbey Foundation is 27-0422871.

There are a number of different ways that you can contribute to the St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation:



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General Gift to the Abbey

General donations to the abbey help to defray the costs of everyday life here at St. Michael’s. By assisting our community, you enable us to continue our ministry of prayer in the abbey church—the foundation of all our many other works.

Seminarian Fund

In an age when many seminaries and monasteries struggle to find vocaions, we are grateful to God for the steady influx of new young men he gives to us each year. Your support helps us house and educate our seminarians on their path to the holy priesthood.

Summer Camp

This fund is used primarily to provide financial assistance to families who may otherwise not be able to send their sons to camp. We ask that you please consider contributing any amount that you are able to in order to help us send more boys to camp.

New Abbey

Our abbey attracts many young men to the priesthood, who will go on to serve in parishes, help in the dioceses of Southern California, teach at schools, give retreats, and form other men and women across North America and abroad. Although our growth is a great blessing, it also has presented a challenge to providing a suitable living space for everyone. Our current home is insufficient for housing all the members of the community and the students. We have run out of room to expand. Your gift will help us build the new abbey and school, approximately seven miles from our current home, which will enable future generations to benefit from the cultural, educational, and sacramental presence of an abbey and a premier boarding school. Learn more here.



Cash and Checks

Checks should be made payable to St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation and mailed or hand delivered to the Abbey’s main address. Cash gifts should be delivered in person to the Abbey.




Gifts of securities either held by your bank or brokerage or held by you offer significant tax advantages and are easy to make.

Please contact us for information about gifts of mutual funds or other questions:

Chief Advancement Officer
(949) 546-0695

Securities Held by Your Bank or Broker

Please copy the St. Michael’s Abbey Advancement Office on any correspondence with your brokerage or bank to avoid unidentified gifts. Fax to (949) 858-0225.

1. Provide written gift instructions to your bank or broker.

A sample instruction letter might read:
Per our recent telephone conversation, I wish to make an irrevocable gift to St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation of "x" shares of "XYZ" Corporation. Please transfer the stock to St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation via DTC as follows:

Charles Schwab & Co.
DTC#0164, Code 40
Account 2934-7403
St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation

Please have your broker put YOUR NAME in “back office trailer”

If you have any questions please contact:

2. Please send a copy of this correspondence to St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation:

Advancement Office
St. Michael’s Abbey
19292 El Toro Road
Silverado, CA 92676-9710

or via fax to (949) 858-4583

Securities Held By You

If you hold a stock certificate, please send it to us with a stock power form. For safety and simplicity, you should send the certificate and stock power form separately.

1. Send your certificate(s) without any endorsement, assignment, or other notation (by first class mail or express service) to:

Advancement Office
St. Michael’s Abbey
19292 El Toro Road
Silverado, CA  92676-9710

Enclose a letter stating the purpose of your gift.

2. Sign the stock power exactly as your name appears on the certificate and leave the rest of the form blank.

3. Mail the signed stock power in a separate envelope, along with a copy of the letter that accompanied the certificate, to the address above.

Note: Your gift is valued on the day that the stock is received into the St. Michael’s Abbey account. Gifts of securities that are held for more than one year may be deducted at the full market value.



Real Estate

Donating appreciated real estate, such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, farmland, ranch or commercial property can make a great gift to the St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation.

Benefits of gifts of real estate:

  • Avoid paying capital gains tax on the sale of the real estate
  • Receive a charitable income tax deduction based on the value of the gift
  • Leave a lasting legacy to St. Michael’s Abbey

Your real property may be given to the St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation by executing or signing a deed transferring ownership. Your gift will generally be based on the property's fair market value, which must be established by an independent appraisal. Existing debt or a mortgage can negatively affect the charitable value of your real property.

If you have any questions about gifts of real estate, please the Abbey’s Chief Advancement Officer at (949) 546-0695. We would be happy to assist you and answer any questions that you have.



Electronic and Wire Transfer

Gifts can be transferred via domestic or international wire transfer. Electronically transferred funds should be payable in U.S. dollars. Please notify our office in advance of your intent to wire funds.

For instructions or for other questions, please contact:

Gift Recording Secretary
(949) 546-0663



Donor Advised Funds

As a Charitable Gift Account (aka Donor Advised Fund) Holder, you can make grant recommendations to the charitable accounts at your brokerage firm. Recommendations are generally processed within a few business days, and those made online are generally processed immediately. There are no restrictions on the maximum number of grants that can be recommended in any given time period, and the minimum requirement is at least one grant every seven years.



Thank you for your generous support of the Norbertine Fathers' life and ministries.